Personal Belief Exemptions to Vaccines

Twenty states allow personal belief exemptions, also called a philosophical exemption, to getting vaccinated to attend daycare and school.

In most other states, a religious exemption can be used, or abused, as a personal belief exemption.

Only three states, California, Mississippi, and West Virginia, do not allow non-medical exemptions to vaccines.

These exemptions are for state vaccine mandates to attend school and daycare.

What is a personal belief or philosophical exemption? Does it have to do with the strength of your convictions? Usually not. In Texas, for example, parents can “choose an exemption from immunization requirements for reasons of conscience,” but they don’t have to list any of those reasons.

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